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On The Town with Jan Carson –
February 2017

Super Bowl LI fever has gripped the Bayou City, with multiple venues booked with superstar, star and plain “wanna be” star events. The MOST star-studded will be the February 1st “Luminaries of the Game,” an exclusive evening of dinner and superstar entertainment. Thanks to the considerable clout of Honorary Chairs Lynn Wyatt and James A. Baker III, and Honorees Janice and Bob McNair, the $75,000 and $100,000 tables are selling fast. The estimated $1 million in charitable proceeds, matched by the NFL, will benefit Touchdown Houston, which supports nonprofits throughout the Houston community. Game on!



Super Bowl LI

An event as huge as Super Bowl LI deserves a 51-day countdown celebration by its host city, and Houston officials pulled out all the stops to showcase new amenities for the February 5th sports spectacular. The most impressive is an interactive kinetic sculpture, Wings Over Water, just outside the George R. Brown Convention Center and the new Avenida Houston. Wings Over Water features two wings that beat continuously over the Fountain of the Americas. Super Bowl fans will gather at the fountain and nearby restaurant hotspots before, and after, rooting for their favorite teams.

1) Houston City Hall is bathed in red lights as the countdown to Super Bowl LI got underway.

2) Dramatic fireworks light the skies over the George R. Brown Convention Center, in the center of Super Bowl activities.

3) “TD”, the Super Bowl mascot, with the LI symbol at Discovery Green.

4) City officials join Houston Super Bowl Host Committee leaders in flipping the switch to “paint the town red.”

5) Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner addresses the crowd at the all-new “Avenida Houston” to kick off the 51-day countdown to Super Bowl LI.




The Social Book

Houston is rich in philanthropists and community leaders, and each year a select group of these “Treasures” is honored by The Social Book. The 2017 honorees were feted during a spectacular 4-course dinner at the Hyatt Regency Houston/ Galleria, with their many contributions extolled in video tributes by past Treasures honorees. The Social Book celebrates its 22nd year as the city’s go-to compendium of all things social at a festive launch party on February 9 at the Ballroom at Bayou Place.

1) 2017 Houston Treasures honorees Millette and Haag Sherman are joined by past honoree Phoebe Tutor.

2) Doug Herron with 2017 Houston Treasures honoree Winell Herron.

3) Past honoree Lynn Wyatt introduced her good friend and 2017 Treasures honoree Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director of the

Alley Theatre.

4) The Social Book’s Editor Jeff Henry, Houston Treasures founder Warner Roberts and The Social Book publisher Scott Evans.

5) Noble and Anne Carl with 2017 Houston Treasures honoree Pamela Wright and her

husband Jack Wright.




Teen Health Foundation


“Hope for the Future” perfectly describes the essence of the 10 Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics. Young adults get the health care they need, to ensure the future they want. The Foundation for Teen Health raises funds for this innovative community health program, and honors those who support its mission. Newly installed Harris County Commission Rodney Ellis was honored for his Professional Excellence and I was humbled to receive the June and Virgil Waggoner Award for Volunteerism. The true winners are the teens who benefit from this amazing program!


1) Dr. Yvonne Cormier and Licia Ellis at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Teen Health Foundation Award Luncheon.

2) Dr. Peggy Smith hugs longtime friend and supporter Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

3) Rana Abboushi joins Zeina Fares, Karen Watson and Cathy Zabel at the “Hope for the Future” luncheon.

4) Benefactor June Waggoner with honoree Jan Carson and luncheon emcee Gina Gaston.

5) Judge Michael McSpadden with then HPD Interim Chief Martha Montalvo.




The numbers are in for the highly successful holiday shopping mecca known as The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. That tops Out and About this month, along with a sold-out luncheon pledging the goal of “Getting to Zero”; the largest fundraising event for the Salvation Army; a feast of the best cuisine that Houston has to offer and kudos to the Houston Parks Board.

1) Houston Ballet dancer Jindallae Bernard joins Jim Nelson, Nutcracker Market chairman Mary Alice Parmet and ballerina Olivia Findlay at the Nutcracker Market Preview Party. The “shop til you drop” extravaganza has contributed more than $53 million to the Houston Ballet Foundation over 36 years!

2) The World AIDS Day luncheon was a huge success thanks to the support of guests like Mariquita Masterson and Jack Massing. AIDS Foundation Houston’s goal is ”ZERO” as in zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma.

3) Luncheon Chairs David and Marie Louise Kinder helped the Houston Parks Board celebrate 40 years of “greening” Houston by creating linear parks along nine major waterways and linking 150 miles of hike and bike trails.

4) Co-chair Vicki West with Neil Bush and co-chair Ken Holbrook at the Salvation Army Annual Luncheon.
Neil Bush spoke on behalf of his parents, President H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, who were the honorees but unable to attend.

5) June Christensen joins Kathyrn Smith, Elizabeth Vail and Stephanie Olsen Le Grand at the “Taste of SPA,” an evening of lite bites and libations celebrating Houston’s food culture.


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